January 2017 – Best of Children’s Books (With a Musical Theme)

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There are some fantastic children’s books available at the moment! Reading will help your little ones in so many ways. It will aid their creativity, social skills, language, imagination, as well as being a lovely bonding activity for you to engage in. Reading books that have a musical quality helps to capture the attention of young children. They can be lots of fun and brilliantly expressive! Here is my list of favourite young children’s books in January 2017:

1. The Wonky Donkey

Suitable: From 6 months

This book is hilarious! It tells the story of a donkey with lots of afflictions, as he walks down the road. Each page adds a different ailment to the donkey so that, by the end, it is a ‘spunky hanky lanky cranky stinky dinky lanky honky tonky winky wonky donkey’! What makes this book brilliant is its inclusion of a CD, which features music to the words of ‘The Wonky Donkey’. The song is very catchy, and will be stuck in your head all day! Kids will love it from a very young age, because of how funny the words sound. It is a great book for slightly older ones who are learning to read as well, because it is so repetitive. A brilliant buy!

2. Little Learners Nursery Rhyme Children’s Books:

Suitable: From birth

These are very vivid and visually appealing books for babies. They are small board books, with a soft finger puppet that emerges from the front. You can waggle your finger in it, while turning each page to read the nursery rhyme. Every page is bright with lovely pictures, and little ones will enjoy watching the characters move as the rhyme is told. There are many books in the series, and all are well-known nursery rhymes. It is great for babies to see a visual representation of something you sing to them regularly. Here are 3 of my favourites:

Five Little Monkeys

5 little monkeys

Mary Had A Little Lamb

mary had a little lamb

Incy Wincy Spider

Incy Wincy Spider

3. Small Talk: At the Park

Suitable: From 6 months

This is a brilliant ‘speech-boosting’ book! Based around the idea of a trip to the park, each park features some speech spoken by mummy or daddy, followed by an appropriate answer from the baby. It focuses on sounds that are easy to make: ‘oooo’, ‘up’, ‘daddy’, and encourages your child to join in with the repetition of the words. It is a very helpful tool for parents, to help them to understand words that may form part of a chid’s early vocabulary, and allow them to incorporate them into their daily routine. Although J is only 5 months old, he loves it when I repeat the simple sounds – it always makes him laugh, so I am hopeful that he is absorbing it all!

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